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A staffer at a Flathead County vaccine clinic fills a syringe with a COVID-19 vaccine in early 2021.
Aaron Bolton
Montana Public Radio
For many children, back-to-school also means back to the doctor for mandatory vaccines. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported earlier this year that the use of non-medical vaccine exemptions is on the rise.
A illustration shows a night scene with the moon shining brightly over the forest. The Big Why logo is superimposed over the moon. Words from the official Montana lullaby "... In my blankets at night, with the moon shining bright, dreams of my Jenny drift by ..."
You may know Montana has an official state animal, a state bird, a state gemstone and a state fruit. But did you know we have a state lullaby? Neither did we. Here's what we learned.
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A close up of a Banded Tussock Moth Caterpillar in New England.
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A small spot of orange in the middle of the trail caught my eye. It wasn't a leaf or a berry; it was tiny and moving! As I neared the curious sight, I discovered it was a fuzzy caterpillar.
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Smoky haze from wildfires in Canada obscures New York City's Empire State Building this year.  The air in the U.S. has improved over the past 50 years, but smoke pollution from growing wildfires erodes much of that progress.
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A new study finds that smoke from massive wildfires has eroded about a quarter of the air quality gains from the last few decades.
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